Thursday, March 11

New Music Tuesday: Awakening: Passion 2010

Going to be a few more days until I get to review my next bit of gear, so here's a teaser post!


It's a little fuzzy. I mean, it's "artsy". Booyah.

As of 10:00 this morning, I didn't have a piano. Now I do. For free. That's right, I have an entire other instrument to play now. Isn't Craigslist just the best?

It needs a tuning, and it's certainly not the most beautiful instrument ever created (it seems to have lived a hard life, or as hard as life can be as a piano), but it's a start. I'm really excited to learn my theory all over again (practice makes perfect) and to see all of the different things that the piano is going to bring to my music and composition. And, come on. It's a piano. AWESOME!!!

2) Because I have a sickness, a Strymon OB.1 is on the way. It will probably be getting here right about the time that I'm leaving town for Kansas City for the weekend, but once I put it through it's paces, you'll hear about it. Karl has already raved about it, so it comes highly recommended.

3) The unseasonable warmth has left me little choice but to drive with the windows down, sun-roof open, blasting the new Passion 2010 CD Awakening. Proof that God loves us. See also, Seasonal Affective Disorder. Anyway, consider this a mini review of Awakening:

Favorite new song: Our God (Tomlin)
Songs destined for worship: Our God (Tomlin), You Alone Can Rescue (Redman), Where the Spirit of the Lord is (Tomlin and Nockels)
Brought-me-to-tears-beautiful (both during the weekend and while listening recently): Healing is in Your Hands (Nockels)
Great version of recently released song: How He Loves (Crowder)
Taking Me Back-song: With Everything (Hillsong United)

A note on that last one; Hillsong had two concerts for the late-night sessions, and we were in the second one. This recording is from that second one. This is the last song they played. There's a break where the crowd starts up with the war cry. They start off kind of weak, but then it solidifies like the third time through. That's the moment when I started singing. You can hear me on the CD. That's how intense of a moment it was. Hundreds of feet from the crowd mics. Just an absolutely incredible moment in time, and now it's captured forever so I can listen to it whenever I want and remember how I felt. Just incredible.

As you can see, there's no way I can be objective with it, but to me, the CD sounds perfectly mixed, and is so close to what I remember experiencing during the weekend that it's as if they were standing next to me with a microphone all weekend long. I'm always amazed by what a live sound engineer can do, and way, way more impressed when that engineer manages to capture the sound and feel of a live performance onto a recording without losing anything, and to me, it feels like that's what Awakening is. Again, I can't hear any of these songs without having flashbacks, so perhaps I'm just way too close to it, but I highly, highly recommend you go iTunes it. At the very least, get the ones that I said are destined to be used by the church corporate, because you're probably going to be hearing them soon anyway.

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